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Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Semi Double Feast
         Green Vestments

        Editor's Note: All Scriptural Readings are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Latin Vulgate Bible. The preface commentaries are a combination of thoughts from various sources. Red type indicates Our Lord's direct words in Holy Scripture. Italicized Maroon type indicates Latin with priests' refrain and server's response in bold..

        W e have been inititiated into spiritual life by the Sacraments of Baptism, and strengthened, perfected by the Sacrament of Confirmation. This Holy Mother Church reminds us, in the fruits of the feast of Pentecost, one of which fruits is the duty of Christian charity.
          She speaks to us of the law of Moses which was not wanting in a certain splendor and of the law of Christ which is its perfect development
          If already the greatest of the commandments of the ancient Alliance is the love of God and that of one's neighbor, it is necessarily the same divine and perfected love which the New Alliance demands of us (Gospel). Let us beware of the pharisaical interpretation of the law which would reduce our religious duties to a few outward practices The letter kills," says St. Paul, " but the spirit quickens" (Epistle).
          Neither the Mosaic law nor the Gospel separate the love of God from that we owe to our neighbor: in its origin it is a supernatural love, for it proceeds from the Holy Ghost, and in its object which is God in the person of our brethren.
          Made divine by grace, we must imitate our heavenly Father Who appeased by the prayer of Moses, a figure of the Savior, only over-whelmed with benefits the people that had offended Him (Offertory, Communion).

    Source: Marian Missal and St. Andrew Daily Missal and 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia


      [Psalm 69: 2-3] Deus, in adjutorium mea . Incline unto my aid, O God: O Lord, make haste to help me: let my enemies be confounded and ashamed, who seek my soul.((Psalm 69: 4)). Let them be turned backward and blush for shame, who desire evils to me. Glory be to the Father...Incline unto my aid, O God...
Kyrie... and Gloria

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      O almighty and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that Thy faithful people do unto Thee worthy and laudable service: grant unto us, we beseech Thee, that we may run without stumbling towards the attainment of Thy promises. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

      (2 Corinthians 3: 1-9) Brethren, Such confidence we have through Christ towards God. Not that we are sufficient to think any thing of ourselves, as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is from God. Who also hath made us fit ministers of the new testament, not in the letter, but in the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit quickeneth. Now if the ministration of death, engraven with letters upon stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses, for the glory of his countenance; which is made void: how shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather in glory? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more the ministration of justice aboundeth in glory.

Deo Gratias.

     [Psalm 33: 2-3] I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall ever be in my mouth. V. In the Lord shall my soul be praised: let the meek hear, and rejoice. Alleluia, alleluia. V. (Psalm 87: 2] O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried in the day, and in the night before Thee. Alleluia.

Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum N...
Gloria tibi, Domine.

      (Luke 10: 23-37) At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: "Blessed are the eyes that see the things which you see. For I say to you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them; and to hear the things you hear, and have not heard them." And behold a certain lawyer stood up, tempting Him, and saying: "Master, what must I do to possess eternal life?" But He said to them: "What is written in the law? how readest thou?" He answering, said: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself." And He said to him: "Thou hast answered rightly: this do, and thou shalt live." But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus: "And who is my neighbor?" And Jesus answering, said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who also stripped him, and having wounded him, went away, leaving him half dead. And it chanced that a certain priest went down the same way, and seeing him, passed by. In like manner also a Levite, when he was near the place and saw him, passed by. But a certain Samaritan being on his journey, came near him, and seeing him, was moved with compassion, and going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine; and setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two pence, and gave to the host, and said: 'Take care of him, and whatsoever thou shalt spend over and above, I, at my return, will repay thee.' Which of these three, in thine opinion, was neighbor to him that fell among robbers?" But he said: He that showed mercy to him. And Jesus said to him: "Go and do thou in like manner."

Laus tibi, Christe.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

     (Exodus 32: 11, 13-14 ) Moses prayed in the sight of the Lord his God, and said: Why, O Lord, is Thine indignation enkindled against Thy people? Let the anger of Thy mind cease; remember Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to whom Thou didst swear to give a land flowing with milk and honey. And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil which He had spoken of doing against His people.

      Graciously look upon the Sacrifices, we beseech Thee, O Lord, which we present upon Thine altar: that while they obtain pardon for us, they may give honor to Thy Name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God... Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.


    Dominus Vobiscum.
    Et cum spiritu tuo.
    Sursum Corda
    Habemus ad Dominum
    Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.
    Dignum et justum est.
Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus. Qui cum unigenito Filio tuo, et Spiritu Sancto, unus es Deus, unus es Dominus: non in unius singularitate personae, sed in unius Trinitate substantiae. Quod enim de tua gloria, revelante te, credimus, hoc de Filio tuo, hoc de Spiritu Sancto, sine differentia discretionis sentimus. Ut in confessione verae, sempiternaeque Deitatis, et in personis proprietas, et in essentia unitas, et in majestate adoretur aequalitas. Quam laudant Angeli atque Archangeli, Cherubim quoque ac Seraphim: qui non cessant clamare quotidie, una voce dicentes:


It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY...

     (Psalm 103: 13-15 ) The earth shall be filled with the fruit of Thy works, O Lord, that Thou mayest bring bread out of the earth, and that wine may cheer the heart of man; that he may make the face cheerful with oil; and that bread may strengthen man's heart.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      May the holy reception of this Mystery, we beseech Thee, O Lord, quicken us: and may it win for us both pardon and protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in unity with the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

For the Prayers at the End of the Low Mass, see Leonine Prayers


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